10 unique summer day camps in NKY

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While summer is a much needed break for both kids and parents, oftentimes they both hit a lull. The initial excitement of summer wears off and when the heat starts to drive you back indoors, the boredom hits.

Day summer camps are a perfect solution to help kids stay entertained and give parents back some extra time to enjoy a day at the pool without worrying about their kids (or get some uninterrupted work done!). These day summer camps can teach kids a new hobby or help enrich a passion or subject they already love. 

Grades K-8

Robots to Rescue: This fun, creative and hands on camp is designed for prospective second and third graders. Using LEGO WeDo robots, campers will be assembling and assisting with the programming of these robots to help in a disaster scenario. This STEM camps encourages kids to us problem solving, to aid in helping to be heroes. This camp is led by NKU and takes place in the NKY Makerspace in Erlanger. Camp takes place June 13th– 17th from 1pm to 4pm. Registration deadline is June 6th and the cost is $135 per student.

Laser Camp: If you’re looking for another STEM enriching camp but for students grades 6th through 8th, the Laser Camp is a great option. This will not only teach about the scientific processes of how light works, but the students get to create a laser light show while doing so. This is perfect training any Trans-Siberian Orchestra fans as the camp pairs music and light to create a show at the end of camp. This camp is also run by NKU but takes place on NKU’s campus in the science center. Laser Camp also runs June 13th-17th from 1pm to 4pm and registration is due by June 6th and cost $135 per student.  

Rock 101: Anyone who has ever seen the movie School of Rock will immediately want to jump on the rock band wagon of this music camp. Run by School of Rock Northern Kentucky in Florence. This beginner’s friendly camp is for students grades 2-8. This camp runs June 13th-17th from 10am to 3pm with a $475 camp fee. Students bring their own instrument to build on their learnings or learn a new instrument altogether. The week ends with a rock show performance for family and friends. Visit their website for additional information. 

Camp Carnegie: Camp Carnegie is the perfect solution for your creative kid who wants to do a little bit of everything. This summer camp runs for eight different weeks from 9am to 4pm. This camp looks at every aspect of theatre from story writing, costuming, set design, to performance. This year’s theme focuses on telling tales from the perspective of the villain. This will help your kids to be creative, learn problem solving and working collaboratively with a team. They will see all their hard work and creativity paid off at the end of the week when they get to perform their show. This is open to students ages seven to thirteen. With so many different options for weeks to register there’s no reason not to sign your kids up. This takes place in the Eva G Farris Education Center at the Carnegie in Covington. Registration varies depending on the week you choose and there is a $130 fee, visit the Carnegie’s website for additional information.

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road: This day camp is specific to girls ages K-5th grade to help develop STEAM skills. This camp is perfect for girls who love the outdoors or to help inspire someone who may be a bit skittish about the outdoors but wants to learn in a safe and encouraging environment. This is open to both Girl Scout members and nonmembers. The fee for members is $130 and $165 for nonmembers. There are two different camp options, the first week which runs June 6th-10th and focuses on developing STEAM and leadership qualities using classic fairy tales they grew up with. The second week runs from June 13th-17th shifts to a spy theme and learning outdoor activities. Both will help develop STEAM skills and create a love of nature. Sign up for one or both at the link below to give your girl a fun filled week. 

All Ages

Circus Mojo: Now, out of all the camps listed this has to be the most unique one I’ve seen! This is perfect for someone looking for a new hobby, wanting to do something both active and creative. Circus Mojo in Ludlow will teach students all of the circus skills they need from trapeze, juggling, clowning, tightwire walking and so much more! This camp is one of the largest age ranges, kids from eight to seventeen can all register and if you have more than one kid wanting to test out their trapeze skills, there’s even a discount. There are two options for these summer camps June 20th-24th and August 1st-5th and runs from 9am to 3pm. The camp fee is $300 per camper. Visit Circus Mojo’s website for registration information.

Camp Wave: Camp Wave which takes place at Newport Aquarium this is perfect for your budding biologist. Students grades K-8 will introduce kids to the wonders of the ocean while meeting penguins and petting stingrays. There are many options for Camp Wave and each week there’s something new to do! Students can choose from Shark Week, Globe Trotters, Marvelous Adaptations and Penguin Party. Each theme explores something new and there are various options for each experience. Fees for all start at $220 and run Mondays through Fridays from 8am-4pm Check out their website for each camp specifics and registration information.

Sur La Table: Sur La Table offers multiple programs for kids of all ages. Anyone ages seven to seventeen there are multiple options take advantage of and learn a new skill. Although they don’t call their classes summer camp, they refer to them as summer series. These are week long programs that vary in topics to help either learn the basics of cooking or expand on a skill already learned. They have several of their summer series starting as early as May and range from four day to five-day workshops, depending on which summer series you choose. Price and class times vary, follow the link below for any additional information.

High school

BRAIN (Best Research Academy in Neuroscience): Another summer camp from NKU which offers high school students the opportunity to explore the field of neuroscience in a format that relates back to their daily lives. They will conduct experiments that explore test anxiety, cell phone use in relation to attention span and everything else that relates to their lives all while learning the difference in human and animal brains. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to explore any science related field or someone who just wants to delve into the world of the human brain. This camp takes place at NKU runs June 20th-24th and costs $180. Visit NKU’s website for registration and additional information. NKU also hosts varying other summer camps in the STEM field for high schoolers, the other camps can also be found at the link below. 

Health Careers Summer Camp: This summer camp hosted at Gateway’s Edgewood Campus is a great introduction for high schoolers wanting to go into the medical field. This camp runs June 13th– June 17th from 9:15am-3pm. This camp allows students access to first hand experiences that will help build their skills and resume. With opportunities varying from job shadowing, CPR and First Aid certification to clinical skills and basic job duties there’s so much to learn from this camp. Application and additional information for the camp can be found below. 

Registration for all of these camps is still open, but check each individual camp for specifics regarding registration and additional information. 

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